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02-09-2012, 10:42 PM   #16
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The focusing screen is the part of film cameras I miss the most. Give me a DSLR with a real prism (not mirror) and I'd be very happy!
Yes, even getting a Katz-Eye split prism focusing screen is great, but still not the same.

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grrr the foam on my mirrorbox was sticky, ended up removing all the foam.. but some smeared on the focusing screen! And it sure does not come out as easy as the K-5's.. GRRR!!!
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Rotting foam is the nemesis of older film bodies, and I end up getting the foam replaced as just about the first thing that happens with a "new" film body. I have the kit to do it myself, but not the time and patience.

I have two Superprograms, and love them for outdoors. You can even use some of the DA lenses with no aperture rings, such as the DA55-300, with a fair amount of success. The finder is nice and bright, but my one nit with this model is the LCD display, which I find difficult to use in low light. Enjoy!
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grrr the foam on my mirrorbox was sticky, ended up removing all the foam.. but some smeared on the focusing screen! And it sure does not come out as easy as the K-5's.. GRRR!!!


Be careful! The screen is plastic, is easily scratched, and may be damaged by solvents. Camera repair guys use a solvent and technique that is safe and I have always turn to my local fellow (Knight Camera in Vancouver, WA) when I have a messy screen.


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I've had Super Programs since the mid 80s. For about 15 years they were the most used bodies for my personal work- took quite a beating but survived well.

These days I keep a Super Program in a large camera pack with my DSLR. All but one of my AF lenses are full frame. When I want to shoot black and white film and/or get the most out of my wide angles, the Super Program is there, with the convenience of full compatibility with the lenses' "A" functions.

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Congrats, the Super Program is one of the nicest compact lens caps from the pre-digital age.
In Europe they sold them in black only under the name Super A. I have two: one is near mint, the other looks like scrapmetal but both still work great. Both are second hand and seem to have been CLA'd (lightseals etc.).
But I'd love to have the metallic Super Program once...
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QuoteOriginally posted by twilhelm Quote
The focusing screen is the part of film cameras I miss the most. Give me a DSLR with a real prism (not mirror) and I'd be very happy!
Pentax K-5, K-7, K10D, K20D, nikon D80, D90, D200, D700, D800, canon EOS 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, etc. etc. - plenty of DSLRs with prisms. Some even have decent viewfinder magnification and coverage!
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